FROM Daniel J.B. Mitchell
Can Washington Ignore the Biggest State in the Union? In 1975, a local newspaper headline said, "Ford to New York City: Drop Dead." But President Gerald Ford relented and agreed to back loans that kept the city from going bankrupt. Now California is asking Washington for a similar kind of help. Will Washington want to see sick children out on the street? What about the municipal bond market?
New Grocery Workers Contract Regains Benefits It appears that one of LA’s major economic engines will not be shut down by a labor dispute as shipping companies and the Longshore and Warehouse Union reached a tentative agreement today. If it’s ratified, that’s good news for the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. Over the weekend, Southern California grocery workers approved an agreement that brought peace to Vons, Ralphs and Albertsons. Union members got their first raises in five years and the new contract repeals the two-tier pay scales enacted after a 141-day strike and lockout four years ago.
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?